Today is 5 de Mayo. It is a very important holiday in the Mexican calendar, a day of festivity and rejoice. Obviously given the current circumstances, it's not the time to celebrate.
But now comes word of troubling developments around the world, where Mexicans are becoming the subject of prejudice & racism that many people were waiting for. We have become the new lepers of the world.
The most extreme cases are reported in China, where Mexican citizens visiting the country for business or tourism were rounded up and kidnapped by the Chinese authorities, and were later taken away to a hotel to held in a quarantine, despite that fact that they didn't show the symptoms of the flu.
That some nations feel compelled to cancel flights to Mexico is understandable (even though the WHO clearly specified that this wasn't necessary and wasn't going to stop the spreading of the flu at this point); that there are isolated events of racist attacks on Mexican citizens abroad was to be expected; but to take away innocent civilians merely for the origin of their passport is quite another thing. Not only that, but when you find a Mexican arriving in a plane, and you only take the Mexican away while leaving behind his/her friends only because they don't have a Mexican passport —and you don't disturb the rest of the passangers who might have been exposed to the malevolent virus carried by the Mexican host— is completely IDIOTIC.
It's always easier to do foolish things that give the impression that you are dealing with a problem, than to actually trying to solve it. The slaughter of pigs in Egypt & even the killing of 3 boars in Baghdad's Zoo are only a PR solution instead of an actual remedy to the outbreak. If only there were a virus that attacked stupid politicians!
The saddest part of it, is that Mexicans have ALWAYS been open & generous with all the visitors that come to our land. It's quite ironic actually, if we weren't like that, perhaps the virus wouldn't have spread so fast around the globe.
To any Mexican staying abroad reading these lines: Feliz 5 de Mayo!
[UPDATE] The Mexicans detained in China have left the country.
...Psst! Canucks: Looks like you're next, eh?